Today I received a very disturbing phone call from a sobbing granny who has been refused contact with her grandson. At a contact visit her grandson was crying and wanted to go home with her but social services said it was disruptive to the child to be so upset, (no name was used, just the child) and contact should stop. The Charter for Grandchildren was ignored completely.
The amount of calls of this kind I get from grandparents has created a pattern. It appears social services (SS) make their jobs a lot easier to handle children by breaking their hearts and alienating them from their family. They sever loving relationships and numb their spirit in order to manipulate them and become responsive to their way of working. Society wonders why children who go through the so called caring system of SS are non achievers in life and turn to gangs for that family feeling of being wanted.
Regrettably social services are no longer regarded as a caring organisation. They are but a hard cold business type organisation feared and hated by most people who come in contact with them. Their main driving force is cost.
I would love to be able to say I had a call from someone who said social services helped them the way it was intended from the outset, but I never have. It is a pity that a so called caring organisation has to be forced into doing their job properly.
Glasgow City Council, initiated by Councillor Ruth Black, is to raise a motion sometime early in 2010 asking the City Council to adopt the Charter for Grandchildren as mandatory for professionals. This will ensure that children do not lose out so readily (as in the above case) on the caring protective role grandparents can play in their lives.
Grandparents Apart UK
22 Alness crescent
Glasgow G52 1PJ
0141 882 5658